The Job Search and the Cell Phone: Why They Are a Bad Mix

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially for so many young workers who will probably never own a landline phone, but for the sake of their career development, I’ll wear the mantle…

Cell phones and job searches are often a bad combination.

I know, I know. They are convenient. They are always with you. You can call an employer right back. They make you accessible. You no longer need to worry about one of your kids taking the call or your spouse forgetting to give you…


Has Your Job Search Knocked the Confidence Out of You?

Searching for a job can be challenging, even in the best of times.

Obviously, this isn’t the best of times – meaning if you’re unemployed and looking for work, the process may be dragging on. After months of searching without securing an offer, a sense of pessimism can creep into your thinking. You can start to lose confidence.

This is perfectly understandable. Still, you’ve got to make a conscious effort to maintain a positive attitude. If you don’t, you run the risk of catapulting your job search into the…


New Job Search? Offer a Bonus!

As with many, starting a new job search is tough. As with myself, a lot of times, I submitted to pleny of job sites and waited for results. It feels a little awkward. You submit, then wait. Within hours, you may get a lead, but as it turns out, it may be a work from home scam, or a job you would not even want. So, how do you separate yourself? What makes you different, besides you’re the best?

What do you think about offering someone a free…


Job Search Stalled? 5 Ways To Keep Your References From Killing Your Career

You’re changing jobs. You know you’ll need references for your next career move. You’ve done a great job so you shouldn’t worry about getting a reference – right?


References can sabotage even the most sophisticated, well-executed job search. Sometimes you can lose an opportunity when your reference thinks he’s helping you out 100%.

Here are 5 ways to make your references work for you, not against you.

(1)Skip the ‘To Whom It May Concern’ letters.

Clients often tell me their well-meaning…


Job Search Fact Or Myth? Age Discrimination Is A Major Issue In A Job Search

A lot of material has been published both in print and posted online that has caused older job seekers, especially those Baby Boomers in their 50s and 60s, to be afraid that they are no longer marketable. As a career coach and resume writer, I am finding that even some candidates in their early-to-mid 40s are now concerned about their age when conducting a job search.

Do Companies Really Discriminate Based on Age?

The answer, for the most part, is a resounding NO! Most companies do not discriminate against…


2009 Job Search: State of Affairs

With the current state of affairs in this country’s job market, it really is hard to believe that anyone is getting a job, not so much because of the unemployment rate, but because the process has become so arduous and ridiculous.

With all of our progress in technology, we seem to have further alienated prospective employers from prospective job seekers. Job seekers are shunned from calling employers, even their HR departments, which are partly in place to assist with the hiring process. Forget trying to speak with an actual…


The Shot Gun Approach To The Job Search Will Miss Every Time

Everyday job seekers come to my office confused as to why their strong credentials and well designed ‘all purpose’ resume is not working .  The Internet has made it easy for job seekers to spread countless resumes far and wide. Because of this, hiring companies are now buried in a pool of generic resumes.

In better times, this ‘shot gun’ approach would yield some results. Now hiring managers can only afford to look at the tightest fit for the few positions that are out there.   Still, these job seekers…


Teen Job Search: Are You Up To Speed?

A teen job search is very special. However, no matter what your age or experience, a hiring decision about you is made only after a face-to-face meeting.

That means you have to look employable. If you’re in a teen job search and this is your first job, all this can really work to your advantage.

Since you don’t have a work history or at best a thin resume, much more credibility will be placed on how you come across when you meet with a decision-maker. There, it’s up…


5 Powerful Job Search Tips for Older Job Seekers!

Lost your job? . . . Recently laid off? . . . Or about to be down-sized?

These are tough times for the older worker who is still required to generate an income.

While the competition is stronger and the job search process is trickier, there’s some good news. Older workers are increasingly valued in some key industries. The secret to your success is to learn how to promote yourself to the right decision-makers.

Here are five powerful job search tips that can seriously advance your candidacy.

1. Get…


When Your Job Search is Feeling Very Hopeless

If you’ve been in job search for more than a few weeks you may be experiencing the feelings of defeat and despair, not to mention the urge to give up. It’s been a tough year, and then some, for those who have lost jobs for whatever reason. Interviewing with no second interviews or offers coming in begins to wear thin – very fast.

Here are some tips to keep your spirits up when you’re feeling down during this process.

1. Don’t give up.

You may have heard some of…


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